February 16 coronavirus news

By James Griffiths, Jenni Marsh and Amy Woodyatt, CNN

Updated 0242 GMT (1042 HKT) February 17, 2020
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4:14 p.m. ET, February 16, 2020

Singapore confirms 3 new coronavirus cases

From CNN’s Mitchell McCluskey in Atlanta

People wearing protective masks walk towards Merlion Park in Singapore on February 12.
People wearing protective masks walk towards Merlion Park in Singapore on February 12. Maverick Asio/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images

Singapore has identified three new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the citywide total to 75 confirmed cases, the country's health ministry said.

Two of the cases are linked to the Grace Assembly of God church, which is the largest community cluster of cases in Singapore.The third one is related to a separate case.

None of those patients have traveled to China recently, the ministry said.

As of Sunday, a total of 19 patients have fully recovered from the virus and have been discharged from the hospital.

3:26 p.m. ET, February 16, 2020

Here's how to protect yourself from coronavirus

From CNN's Holly Yan

Dr. John Wiesman, the health secretary in Washington state -- where the first US case of Wuhan coronavirus was confirmed -- says the public should do "what you do every cold and flu season."

That includes washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

If you're the one feeling sick, cover your entire mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. But don't use your hands. Use either your bent elbow or a tissue that you throw away immediately afterward.

WHO also recommends staying at least 3 feet or 1 meter away from anyone who may be infected.

Is there a cure for novel coronavirus? No. Patients can be treated and may recover from their symptoms, but there is no known cure for the novel coronavirus yet.

Read the full story here

3:21 p.m. ET, February 16, 2020

Americans from Diamond Princess are boarding a charter plane to California

From CNN’s Mick Krever and Matt Rivers in Tokyo

A large group of Americans who were on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan were spotted boarding a chartered flight at the Haneda Airport in Tokyo.

US passengers queue to enter in a plane at the Haneda Airport, in Tokyo on February 17 after disembarking in Yokohama from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
US passengers queue to enter in a plane at the Haneda Airport, in Tokyo on February 17 after disembarking in Yokohama from the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

Nearly 400 Americans on board of the Diamond Princess were sent a notice Saturday laying out plans to evacuate them to the United States. They are among thousands of travelers who had been stuck in their cabins under mandatory quarantine since February 3.

Those who chose to take part in the US government’s voluntary evacuation arrived in 10 buses at the airport earlier today.

2:07 p.m. ET, February 16, 2020

This is where novel coronavirus cases have been confirmed worldwide

The novel coronavirus has spread throughout the world since the first cases were detected in central China in December, and the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.

Meanwhile, a number of countries, such as the United States and Japan, have evacuated their nationals on flights from Wuhan, capital of the Hubei province and the epicenter of the outbreak.

Here's map showing places outside mainland China with confirmed cases of the coronavirus:

12:55 p.m. ET, February 16, 2020

Americans from Diamond Princess arrive at Tokyo airport

From CNN’s Mick Krever and Matt Rivers in Tokyo

Buses carrying passengers from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship leave a port in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Monday, February 17.
Buses carrying passengers from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship leave a port in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Monday, February 17. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

Americans from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan who chose to take part in the US government’s voluntary evacuation have arrived at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. Led by a police convoy, they arrived in 10 busses.

They will board two Boeing 747s chartered from Kalitta Air, and will soon depart for Travis Air Force Base in California. The passengers will have to undergo another quarantine, lasting 14 days, upon arrival in the US.

12:08 p.m. ET, February 16, 2020

Defense Department confirms it is prepared to receive the two charter flights from Japan

From CNN's Kevin Bohn

The Defense Department confirmed today that two charter planes carrying about 400 Americans from the Diamond Princess cruise ship will be arriving at two military bases in support of efforts by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

"The Defense Department is prepared to receive two Department of State chartered evacuation flights from Japan, carrying passengers evacuated from the cruise ship Diamond Princess, currently docked in Tokyo," the Defense Department said.

One of the aircrafts will land at Travis Air Force Base, California and the other will land at Kelly Field/Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, the statement said.

The DOD said that — as previously announced — "these individuals will be subject to a CDC managed 14-day quarantine. HHS will ensure that no evacuated personnel are transferred to any DOD installation if they test positive for the COVID-19 virus. Any evacuees who test positive or become symptomatic will be transferred to a suitable off-base facility at the direction of CDC."

12:08 p.m. ET, February 16, 2020

US secretary of state: "I think we all need to be mindful of the serious nature of the threat that is posed"

From CNN's Gregory Clary and Dominic Torres

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) and Senegal's Foreign Affairs minister Amadou Ba arrive to hold a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Dakar on February 16.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) and Senegal's Foreign Affairs minister Amadou Ba arrive to hold a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Dakar on February 16. Andrew Cabellero-Reynolds/Pool/Getty Images

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaking to reporters Sunday in Senegal said, “I think we all need to be mindful of the serious nature of the threat that is posed” by the spread of the coronavirus.

"[W]e are prepared to do everything that the United States can do to reduce the risk to populations," Pompeo said.

Pompeo added that he was especially concerned about countries “where there is not significant capable healthcare infrastructure. That presents a lot of risk and we are already doing our best.”

11:04 a.m. ET, February 16, 2020

Japan confirms 6 new coronavirus cases not from the Diamond Princess cruise ship

From CNN’s Yoko Wakatsuki and Junko Ogura in Tokyo

Japan has identified six more positive cases of novel coronavirus not from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare announced.

That brings the total number of cases in Japan to 412, of which 356 are from the Diamond Princess and 56 are not.

10:59 a.m. ET, February 16, 2020

First coronavirus death confirmed in Taiwan

From CNN’s Mitchell McCluskey 

People wear face masks and walk at a shopping mall in Taipei, Taiwan, Friday, January 31.
People wear face masks and walk at a shopping mall in Taipei, Taiwan, Friday, January 31. AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying

A Taiwanese man in his mid-60s who tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus has died, the Taiwanese Health Ministry announced on Sunday morning. 

The deceased man, who had a history of hepatitis B and diabetes and no history of traveling abroad, is the first person in Taiwan to die from the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, the ministry said in a statement.

Another case of the virus was also confirmed in Taiwan on Sunday, the health ministry said.

The man in his 50s who is currently asymptomatic, bringing the total number of confirmed cases on the island to 20.